Tim Kearnan - Principal
As a former Woodland student myself, I am very proud and honored to be Principal of the Woodland Elementary School. Upon graduation from Milford High School (‘93), I attended Stonehill College (‘97) and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. After working in Mendon-Upton as a classroom teacher for four years and earning my Master’s Degree in Education/Instructional Technology from Fitchburg State, I moved to the Elmwood School in Hopkinton as an Technology Instructional Specialist. Two years later, I returned to the classroom for nine years as a second grade teacher in Hopkinton. Following that, I spent two years as an Assistant Principal in Hopkinton, before becoming the Principal of the Hopkins Elementary School (Grades 4-5) for two years. This will be my sixth year as Principal of Woodland Elementary. I am very proud to serve this community, staff, and our families. I live in Milford with my wife Trisha and two children Will and Clare.
Seth Wood - Assistant Principal - Grade 5
It has been a privilege to be a part of the Milford Public School system since 2011 when I began teaching 4th Grade in the old Woodland building. Prior to my time in Milford, I taught 2nd Grade in Franklin, 1st Grade in Blackstone, and 4th Grade in Millville. I received my Master’s in Education from Lesley University in 2007 and my Assistant Principal/Principal Licensure through the Massachusetts Elementary Principals’ Association (now MSAA) in 2015. During the 2015-2018 school years, I was Assistant to the Principal at Brookside Elementary School here in Milford. I live in Upton with my wife Kelly and our three children Brandon, Ryan, and Anna.
Melissa Pivonka - Assistant Principal - Grade 4
I am very excited to be joining the Woodland community this year!I became a member of the Milford Public Schools team as an Assistant Principal at Stacy Middle School during the 2019-2020 school year. Prior to my time in Milford, I worked as an Assistant Principal in Boston and also spent several years teaching Social Studies. I am a proud graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where I earned a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Sociology in addition to participating in the Teacher Education Program. I was also a member of the Division I softball team. I earned my Master’s Degree in Education from Boston University in Educational Policy, Planning and Administration. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, baking and spending time with family and friends. I am originally from Connecticut and currently reside in Ashland. I look forward to partnering with our students and staff as well as the families of the Milford community.
Leah Church - Assistant Principal - Grade 3
It has been a wonderful experience getting to know the Woodland Community over the past 2 years as the EL Coordinator. The Woodland community has been so very welcoming; I am looking forward to transitioning to my new role here at WES. Prior to coming to Milford, I had 16 years of teaching experience as an EL Coordinator and EL Teacher in Marlborough, and EL Teacher in Lowell, and a Grade 3 and Grade 5 Teacher in Rhode Island. I hold a BA (English) from Roanoke College, an M.Ed (Elementary Education) from Providence College, a M.Ed. (School Administration) from American International College, and a CAGS (Curriculum Development) from Fitchburg State College. I live in Cumberland, Rhode Island with my husband Michael, 6 year old daughter Caroline and our black lab Ginny. I look forward to getting to know you and your children this year!